Dear Porky & Buddy,
A stray cat found his way to my barn in December.
He wouldn’t come near me or let me touch him, but I started to feed him and leave him fresh water.
I had to trap him to get him to the vet to be checked out and vaccinated and neutered and he is still in the barn (which has horses so it stays relatively warm).
I have house cats who are very friendly. This is my first experience with a not so tame cat.
Am I doing the right thing by letting him stay there. Should I trap him again and bring him in the house to try to tame him?
The vet says he is about a year old.
Yes, you are absolutely doing the right thing by providing him with a place to live and food and water and basic vet care and otherwise letting him be a “barn cat.”
And thank you for your kindness to this cat.
It is sad but true that cats who are not properly socialized to live with people at an early age can never be completely “tamed.”
By trying to force him into your house, you will probably just terrify him.
He will frantically try to escape and may harm himself or you in the process.
So leave him be. He will be fine.
He may well have been with people when he was much younger and you may find that, with lots of time, he will come to trust you and be more friendly, but in the meantime, he will be safe and your barn will be rodent free.
A win win.
And by the way, could you use another cat in your barn?
The Oswego County Humane Society sometimes rescues adult cats who are not tame enough to be adopted into a family as a house cat, but they still need a safe place to go.
We look for people who have barns who can take one or more of these cats.
We make sure they are spayed or neutered and provide vaccinations and basic veterinary care.
You provide food and water and shelter and keep an eye on them.
They provide rodent control and make your barn infinitely more interesting.
You need to have an enclosed spot in your barn where the new cat can stay for about two weeks so he or she will be more likely to accept this new abode.
If you are interested in giving a home to such a cat just call the office at 315-207-1070.
There is no cost to you.
Or maybe you really want a house cat?
You can meet our cats for adoption at the Warm Up Oswego Adoption Day on February 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oswego YMCA/Armory, 265 W. Second St., Oswego.
To celebrate the New Year, adoption fees for cats over six months are only $20.13 through February 2.
That’s right – while supplies last you can have your very own long-lasting personal warming device for only $20.13.
There will be refreshments and treats for kids and lots of other fun activities going on at the Armory and all over downtown Oswego for the Warm Up Oswego Festival.
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego.
Phone (315) 207-1070.
Because people and pets are good for each other!